Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor tells the story of the Logan family as they try to keep their land in a predominantly-white, rural town in Mississippi. Young Cassie Logan struggles with the way things are and the way things should be for black people in her community. Mildred D. Taylor won the Newbery Award in 1977 for this work of historical fiction, which is based on the experiences of her own family.
The little ones, they too young to play with, and the older ones... Lillian Jean, R.W. and Melvin, I guess I don't like them very much.
But they're his kin. A fellow's gotta like his own kin.
Big Ma's Memories
Mr. Morrison's Family
Cassie and Stacey are surprised when Jeremy says he doesn't like his siblings. To the Logans, family is family, and is more important than anything else.
Big Ma tells Cassie about the past. Cassie has heard these stories before, but still wants to hear about her family.
During the time of Reconstruction, southern soldiers attacked the Morrison home. His mother got him away from the violence, but she and the rest of his family were killed. Mr. Morrison forced himself to remember. Now he has found a new family.